Castor Oil Plant

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  • Common Name: Castor Oil Plant
  • Latin Name: Ricinus communis
  • Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Some varieties of this highly TOXIC plant have green leaves, and in other varieties the young leaves are dark reddish purple or bronze, gradually changing to a dark green as they mature. 

The seeds of the Castor Oil Plant are highly toxic, as they contain the deadly poison ricin, a toxic protein which can prove fatal in even small quantities, so avoid planting this anywhere near the tortoise enclosure. 

Do not confuse with Fatsia Japonica, which is sometimes called the False Castor Oil Plant.

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